Salam, Hariri Condemn Paris Attacks as Jumblat Warns of 'Greater Chaos to Come'
Prime Minister Tammam Salam condemned on Saturday the Paris terrorist attacks, deeming it an attack against “higher human values.”
He said in a statement: “We watched with great sorrow the horrific developments in Paris that targeted innocent civilians in a barbaric and unjustified manner.”
“Lebanon, which two days ago suffered from the death of dozens of its sons in an ugly terrorist crime, stresses its solidarity with the French people during these difficult times,” he added.
“Lebanon trusts that France is capable, through the determination of its people, to overcome this painful ordeal in order to remain a beacon of liberty, fraternity, and equality,” declared Salam in a statement.
Earlier, Progressive Socialist Party chief MP Walid Jumblat condemned the terrorist attacks in Paris, comparing them to the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States.
He said via Twitter: “The Paris attacks are a fatal blow that the powers of darkness have dealt against Islam.”
“With this terror operation, the world will forget the crimes of Israel and the crimes of Arab dictators,” he remarked.
“After the September 11 attacks, the world entered the chaos of Afghanistan and later Iraq,” he tweeted.
“After November 13, in Paris, greater chaos awaits us,” warned the MP.
Speaker Nabih Berri later sent a cable to French President Francois Hollande, offering his condolences over the attack.
Later, head of the Mustaqbal Movement MP Saad Hariri condemned the attack, addressing Hollande by saying: “These attacks were targeted against the country of freedom, equality, and fraternity.”
“The attacks should increase the international community determination to reach solidarity and translate into action their efforts to combat this unprecedented wave of terrorism that has no limits and that threatens the world,” he remarked.
At least 128 people were killed and 180 wounded when gunmen opened fire against people in a wave of attacks throughout Paris.
The Islamic State group later claimed responsibility for the operation.
Investigators said at least eight attackers were dead by the end of the violence -- the bloodiest in Europe since the Madrid train bombings in 2004 -- with seven of them having blown themselves up.